I was just wondering to myself “How many pitchers, in general, have had good seasons in the major leagues, at age 20 or younger, since they started using the D.H.?” Thanks to the Complete Baseball Encyclopedia, I have the answer. Click on the thumbnail below to see the results:
So, in the past 34 years, there have been only 12 pitchers to throw well in the big leagues at an age of 20 or younger: Dwight Gooden, Dave Rozema, Dennis Eckersley, Rick Ankiel, Fernando Valenzuela, Dennis Blair, Bret Saberhagen, Mike Witt, Zack Greinke, Storm Davis, Frank Tanana, and C.C. Sabathia.
Can Phil Hughes make it 13 in the last 35 years? That’s something that Brian Cashman should be asking himself – or, rather, asked himself, two days ago.